Comparison: European Countries Where Children Can Walk And Start Going Back To School

“Wait no more. Free our children!” It is the desperate cry of the mayor of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau, mother of two children, aged 9 and 3, who cries out to be able to “take a walk” with her children.


The case of the confinement of minors in Spain is relatively unique in the European Union. But so are its extraordinary numbers of infections and deaths, although Italy, the European country where the coronavirus has left the most deaths, allows them to be accompanied by one of the two parents.

While the Government is weighing when to open the doors to children, and the pressure is growing for this to happen, it has already decided that the school year will not last last June, whether or not there are classes, and the third quarter will be devoted above all to consolidating concepts already dices. Thus, students will promote the course except in very exceptional situations and schools will be enabled during the summer to give reinforcement classes to those who want it.

But in other European countries the scenario is quite different.

Denmark. In Denmark, nursery and primary schools have reopened this Wednesday, April 15: it is one of the first European governments to relax restrictive measures in schools.

Belgium. The Belgian government has slightly lowered its containment measures for the coronavirus on Wednesday and will allow families with children under the age of six and / or elderly in their care to use the car for recreational activities.

The Executive of Sophie Wilmès even recommends doing sports or walking outdoors respecting the safety distance, although until now the restriction only allowed the use of the car for essential trips, prohibiting its use to go to a park or forest far from the family home.


“As of May 11, we will gradually reopen nursery schools, colleges and institutes,” said Emmanuel Macron. “There are too many children in low-income neighborhoods deprived of school and they cannot be helped in the same way,” Macron lamented.

Instead, for higher education students, “classes will not resume physically until the summer.” Teacher unions, however, view the president’s plans with concern.

France demands to come out with an affidavit, signed by the parents in the case of minors.

Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and regional leaders agreed on Wednesday to resume school life in stages on May 4, as well as the reopening of shops of up to 800 square meters, while it is recommended to wear a mask in all public spaces .

The resumption of school activity will be gradual, starting with students in the last grades of primary or secondary school.

The ban on meetings or outings in groups of more than two people, extendable to more members, for those who live in the same home remains. The general rule is to maintain a minimum personal distance of 1.5 meters, which does not prevent individual practice of exercise or outdoor sports.

Portugal. You can go out with the children for a short walk near the home or run since March 19, when the state of emergency was declared.

However, the population is recommended to stay at home, although you can go shopping, work and play sports. The right of assembly has been limited to a maximum of five people.

Norway. It will open the nurseries from April 20, as well as some small shops. A week later the schools for children up to fourth grade and the institutes of higher education will return. The events with a large influx of public are postponed, at least, until June 15.

Sweden. Schools also continue to operate in Sweden, where social distance measures are applied, while secondary schools and universities do not yet have a date to resume activities.

Netherlands. “The data cautiously shows that (the measures) are not applied for nothing. There is a risk that people think they may loosen the rules, but that may be a big mistake,” said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

In any case, “smart confinement”, the strategy applied by the Dutch Government in which it is still allowed to go outside but with the closure of social gathering places, will apply until at least April 28, and the large gatherings of people like conferences, fairs, football games, etc. they are prohibited until, in principle, June 1.

Rutte announced that on April 21 she will make a decision on the extension or relaxation of the current measures, although she stressed that the possibilities of their expansion are “real” and stressed the importance of staying home.



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